“A man and his dog. A great adventure story and of friendship.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The beginning of the book was fantastic. After a while it was just more stories of going up and down mountains. Not bad, but not great either.”see full review » see other reviews »
“If you love any of the following you'll love this one: The White Mountains, hiking, dogs, especially miniature schnauzers, inspirational stories. Tom Ryan was an overweight, single guy, barley making a living by publishing a weekly newspaper in Newburyport, Massachusetts, when he adopted a homeless dog. As any dog owner knows, there's nothing like a dog to turn your life upside down! ”WHPL Readers wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A man and his dog. A great adventure story and of friendship.”Will wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Finally a book where the dog doesn't die at the end!”Karen Godfrey wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sweet moving story of the opening of a man's heart thus changing his life thanks to a dog. Interesting also because Aaron is climbing the 48 4,000 footers.”Darlene g wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice little book about a big hearted dog and a man and the mountains they climb. It is not a deep book but a nice one. ”Marie B wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was on the reader's choice table at the library, so I picked it up. It's about the author and his little dog and how the dog impacted his life and how he came to get the dog. It's a pretty good story. At first, it's about how he got the dog and how they became a part of each other's lives and how Atticus taught him a lot about himself. He's the editor/reporter of his own newspaper in a small city. Then he gets into hiking the mountains of New Hampshire, setting records in hiking all of the peaks over 4,000 feet in a certain amount of time, and Atticus loves the hikes. I guess I need to go to New Hampshire, because there is no WAY you could climb 3 or 4 mountains HERE in one day, which he does. So I have no frame of reference to understand what it was like. Atticus develops health problems and the whole town and hiking community rallies together to help pay for his medical expenses. It's a pretty good story, but not compelling. The first 2/3 is good, and there are pictures. But the last part of the book was just more of the same, so I skimmed over it. More climbing, more snow, more walking, more blah blah blah, throw in an injury and dad dying, the end. I just got bored of the endless hiking up and down the same mountains over and over again with the The Most Remarkable and Wonderful Dog to Ever Walk the Face of the Earth. And if he's doing all this hiking and neglecting his newspaper (he's the only "employee"), how is he doing this with no income, I'd like to know? So I'm giving it three stars for being an okay story, but taking off points for dragging out the details.”Maria's Bookshelf wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Check out my review at: http://www.shannonsbookbag.blogspot.com/2012/06/following-atticus-ryan.html”Shannon wrote this review Monday, June 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tom Ryan describes himself as middle-aged, overweight and an acrophobic newspaperman. He and his canine companion, miniature schnauzer, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers. Tom was drawn to the New Hampshire peaks by some childhood memories. When a close friend dies of cancer he decides to climb all 48 four thousand foot peaks twice in one winter as a tribute to her and to raise money for charity. It is an adventure of a lifetime and will test both the man and the dog's endurance. They trek miles on the dangerous trails covered in snow and ice. The weather becomes an enemy as snow and cold can keep them off the trails as they try to complete this difficult challenge.
What an inspiring story!!! An incredible journey, just a man and his dog. Perseverance, determination, strength of mind and body. This 5 pound little puppy worked its way into Tom Ryan's heart and they will both work their way into yours.
I found several interesting things in the book. The first was the breeder's advice to Tom to carry the pup wherever he went for the first month to bond with the pup. I had never heard that before but Tom and Atticus's relationship proves how well it works.
The second was the education of The White Mountains. Living in Wisconsin I didn't know much about them at all except that they were there :) After reading the book I checked out some sources online and there is a lot of information about hiking and the The Appalachian Mountain Club. After reading this book I wish I was able to hike the mountains myself.
Tom Ryan changed his life and his story could change yours. Whether it be climbing actual mountains or the mountains we all face in every day life. Attitcus was like "The Little Engine That Could", he didn't know he was so small and he led Tom up those mountains like an animal 100 times his size.
This is not a story you will soon forget. You will want to share the wonder of it with your friends and family. It receives my highest recommendation!”
“I was at a function where Tom Ryan spoke. I met both Tom and Atticus. My book was signed by both Tom and Atticus!--Tom and Atticus have inspired me...not to climb the mountains of NH, but in other ways! This is a quote from the book, "“In the mountains Atticus became more of what he’d always been, and I became less—less frantic, less stressed, less worried, and less harried." Karen”Deterding wrote this review Wednesday, May 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No